The New York Times reported that Al Jazeera America is shutting down this April. Started in 2013, the channel has had consistently disappointing ratings since the beginning. The board’s decision stems “from the fact that our business model is not sustainable in the U.S. media marketplace”, said chief executive Al Anstey. » Fortune Magazine apologized for its January edition cover mistake. “Neither the artist nor the editors had any intention of parodying a particular deity or of offending members of the Hindu faith. It is clear that we erred and for that, we apologize”, wrote Alan Murray, magazine editor. » PPR Worldwide, integrated marketing and comms agency, launched its South Asia operations with three offices in India. With offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, PPR South Asia has Vandana Sandhir as captain of the ship. Vandana, previously with Genesis Burson-Marsteller, has more than two decades of PR experience with particular expertise in brand management and crisis comms. » Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar appreciated media efforts in making the world a “global village” with quick transmission of information from all over the world. “Media is responsible for bringing awareness and giving right direction to the society”, he added.
Fortune magazine ran into trouble with a Hindu group for likening Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to Lord Vishnu on its January international edition cover. US-based Hindu rights campaigner Rajan Zed requested the magazine publish a disclaimer on their website. Zed also sought an apology from Time-Inc. chairman and Fortune publisher and editor. “Casual flirting like this sometimes results in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines”, he said. » Continuing their focus on ‘Make in India’ in the Defence sector, CNBC-TV18 is all set to organize ‘The Defence – Make in India Summit’ in the capital on January 21st. The summit, supporting the government initiative, will highlight various issues, challenges and opportunities pertaining to the sector. Check the list of notable speakers at the event. » CNBC in partnership with PT Trans Media Corpora is ready to enter Southeast Asia’s largest economy with CNBC Indonesia later this year. The Bahasa-language channel aims to “facilitate global business conversations, and to educate the growing middle class”, said Chairul Tanjung founder and chairman of PT Trans Media Corpora’s parent company, CT Corp. » In what can be interpreted as serious micromanagement and control, The Daily Telegraph had motion sensors installed under journalists’ desks to monitor whether they were at work. Planned to be in place for four weeks as an ‘environmental measure’ to keep tabs on energy usage, the devices were being removed immediately considering staff feedback according to a communicé circulated.
Amazon India’s festive celebration went down South as a police complaint was filed in Coimbatore by a local political party accusing Amazon of fooling people through their advertisement about the ‘Gold Contest’. Buried deep in the fine print is a clause which renders TN residents ineligible for the content. Why this obviously important information is not explicitly clear in the print ads, is cause for complaint by the local party members. » Brands doing business in India better clean up their act on Social Media. According to a survey by American Express Global Customer Service Barometer (CSB), “71% Indians use social media to get a customer response”. The other key findings of CSB are that 56% Indians share information about service quality and praise a company for great service experience. » International News Media Association, South Asia Board has announced New Delhi as the venue for its 9th Annual INMA South Asia News Media Conference. The event (scheduled for November 18-19) themed as “Not Just An Ordinary Disruption”, will focus on learning from non-media sectors and will feature Keynotes from PepsiCo, BCG, E&Y, IIM among others.
Mark Zuckerberg features in Vanity Fair’s October cover issue, featuring the “New Establishment 2015 list”, which ranks business and media elite. The Disrupters include Uber’s Travis Kalanick; comedian Amy Schumer; Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom; and Taylor Swift. » Amazon’s Kindle Scout expands its platform to readers outside the U.S. Talented writers from around the world can use the platform to submit manuscripts and get published in 45 days or less. » Watch British meteorologist Liam Dutton nail the pronunciation of the longest named village here.
Amazon suits up for another acquisition of video technology firm ‘Elemental’. This video-processing startup aids TV shows, films, and sports events stream more smoothly. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but a report by tech news site The Information said Amazon bought Elemental for roughly $500 million. » Twitter in a bid to expand its services has launched its self-service advertising platform for SMBs in India. Helping SMBs to reach their target audiences on Twitter in 15 different languages, the advertisers will be allowed to select the market, region, metro areas or postal codes that are more relevant to their business. » After changing its logo recently Google gears up for more addition to its platform. Google has now added voice dictation, translation and other goodies to Google Docs. The new application will eliminate typing on small screens, making it a hassle free process.
Snapdeal is on an acquisition spree this year. The e-commerce biggie acquired Silicon Valley-based ‘Reduce Data’, a programmatic display advertising platform, on Wednesday for an undisclosed amount. Reduce data will help the advertisers identify and eliminate wasted ad spends and will beef up Snapdeal’s presence as it takes on players like Flipkart and Amazon in the burgeoning Indian e-commerce industry. » Amazon, Google and Microsoft make up an alliance to develop free next-generation media formats. They will build an open royalty-free video codec specification, based on the contribution of their members, including binding specifications for media format, content encryption and adaptive streaming aiming to create opportunities for next-gen media experiences. » Amazon’s ‘Kindle unlimited subscription service’ makes its Asian debut in India. Apart from Kindle devices other devices like iOS and Android can use the Kindle App and the Books included as part of the deal are clearly labeled with a Kindle Unlimited logo.
Google brings in its new clean & uncluttered logo to better suit mobile devices. The logo replacing the well – known “g”, has a simple typeface with keeping its four color scheme with an upper-case “G” combining blue, green, red and yellow. » Flipkart sent a cease and desist letter to Indian tech blogger, Amit Bhawani, for alleged copyright infringement and cybersquatting. Amit recently set up an easy user interface http://www.FlipkartVsAmazon.com to rate rivals Flipkart and Amazon on a host of parameters, such as Overall Service, Website Interface, and display results side-by-side in real time. The ratings took Amazon on top keeping Flipkart as just a ‘Better’ option for the customers. Flipkart’s prompt disapproval forced Bhawani to shut down the portal. » City-wide free Wi-Fi project by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is now on! “Delhi government will provide free Wi-Fi facility in DTC buses as soon as possible. In this connection, we are in touch with some big companies,” Kejriwal said. » LinkedIn revamped its messaging services to include mail notifications and chat-type message organization. Users can now attach photos and documents to messages and also will be able to use voice and video calling with the messaging platform in the future.